It will take place on Thursday, January 15, in the Ashdown Room at Uckfield Civic Centre starting at 6pm.
Non-Chamber members are being given the opportunity to attend as observers but will not be allowed to speak unless time allows.
A notice to Chamber members says: “The meeting is an opportunity for members to express their views and concerns on the Stage 1 works which were completed last month, and the long term proposals for the development of the town, but with particular emphasis on Stage 2, being the 30 weeks of roadworks and disruption planned to be carried out on the High Street between Bell Lane and Church Street.”
The need for an extraordinary meeting was agreed at a members’ meeting held last month at Bede’s School.
Members of the Town Centre Reinvestment Board – which is overseeing both High Street improvements and regeneration of the town centre – have been invited to the January 15 meeting to give the latest information about proposals.
The notice about the emergency meeting says the Chamber is aware of many concerns of local businesses and residents, the key one being serious concerns over removal of on-street parking.
This and other concerns, such as disabled parking, loading and unloading bays, widening of pavements, new street lights, new street furniture and tree planting, could be included in discussions.
Interested Chamber members are being invited to express their views ‘freely and without comments or interruption for a set amount of time not exceeding ten minutes’. It is hoped there will be time for free discussion and feedback once all speakers have addressed the meeting.
Currently the Town Centre Reinvestment Board is conducting a review of Stage 1 of town improvement works and a draft design for Stage 2 is being drawn up, together with different options for the way the work can be done. Traders are to be consulted to see which option they prefer to reduce the impact on congestion and on the town centre.
Options are due to go before the next Town Centre Reinvestment Board meeting on Friday, February 13. Read more here: Scene set for how Uckfield regeneration project will proceed.
The Chamber is organising another, additional, round-table meeting between members, Uckfield retailers who are not members of the Chamber, and representatives of the board to discuss the options when they are known.
A date has not yet been finalised for that meeting.
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